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Allstate Workers Fight Insurer’s Bid To Ditch ERISA Suit

May 13th, 2021

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Law360 (May 13, 2021, 6:38 PM EDT) — A proposed class of current and former Allstate employees say the insurer can’t ditch their claims they lost more than $70 million in retirement savings due to plan mismanagement, arguing an “extensive body” of federal labor law protects their right to sue. Seven past and present Allstate […]

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The 2021 Elite Trial Lawyers Finalists

May 12th, 2021

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ALM editors and reporters reviewed more than 200 submissions from law firms that devote a substantial amount of their work to plaintiffs’ matters. These are our finalists. By Nate Robson We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 Elite Trial Lawyers. The lawyers and law firms selected this year have demonstrated repeated success […]

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Firms Face These Important Space Questions as Lawyers Return From Pandemic Wanderings

May 10th, 2021

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By Jonathan Ringel | May 10, 2021 at 06:15 PM The perfect example of how far life and law practice strayed from normal during the pandemic can be found in this message from a law firm chairman to his lawyers and staff: “Please plan on being in the office and, therefore, plan on moving back […]

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How I Made Partner: ‘My Path Was Nontraditional. I Was Co-Chairman of the Firm’s Practice Group Before I Made Partner,’ Says Christine Dunn of Sanford Heisler Sharp

May 10th, 2021

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“Because my path was nontraditional and nonlinear, I sometimes wondered whether I would ever be a partner. Achieving this goal feels like the culmination of a long career path.” By Tasha Norman | May 10, 2021 at 12:53 PM Christine Dunn, Sanford Heisler Sharp.  Office: Washington, D.C. Practice area: Co-chairman, Criminal/Sexual Violence Practice Group Law school and year of graduation: […]

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The Way Back: How Law Firms Are Planning for Post-COVID Office Life

May 10th, 2021

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Office returns, vaccination policies and long-term effects of the pandemic on the law firm workplace. By ALM Staff It’s been over a year since COVID-19 forced law firms to quickly move out of their offices, and firms have taken a broad spectrum of approaches when it comes to getting people back at their desks. Some […]

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Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q1

May 7th, 2021

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Law360 (May 7, 2021, 6:24 PM EDT) — A promotion to partner or election to practice group chair means a slew of new responsibilities and also lots of well-deserved recognition. Law360 reveals the list of attorneys whose commitment to legal excellence earned them highly coveted spots in the law firm leadership ranks. Find out if […]

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Reed Smith Eyes Fully Reopening Offices In September

May 6th, 2021

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By Justin Wise Law360 (May 6, 2021, 4:37 PM EDT) — Reed Smith LLP said Thursday that it would gradually begin encouraging more of its lawyers to go into the office in the coming months, as it eyes fully reopening all of its 17 U.S. locations by September. The BigLaw firm is the latest to […]

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4th Circ. Says Va. County Opioid Claims Belong In Fed. Court

May 4th, 2021

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By Adam Lidgett Law360 (May 4, 2021, 5:22 PM EDT) — The Fourth Circuit has said that a Virginia county’s claims that Express Scripts Pharmacy Inc. and a related company fueled the opioid epidemic in the county have to be hashed out in federal court, noting the companies’ status as federal subcontractors. A three-judge appellate […]

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4 Tips For Employers Navigating A Vaccinated World

April 22nd, 2021

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By Daniela Porat As more employees get COVID-19 vaccines and employers contemplate whether they want their workforces at home, in the office or a hybrid of both, employers should ensure their workers get paid properly under any setup by implementing protocols such as remote work stipends or digital health screenings, attorneys told Law360. Here are […]

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Sanford Heisler Requiring COVID-19 Vax To Return To Office

April 16th, 2021

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By Justin Wise Law360 (April 16, 2021, 4:35 PM EDT) — Civil rights firm Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP is requiring all of its employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine to return to the office, according to a firmwide memo obtained by Law360 on Friday. The new mandate coincided with an announcement from Chairman David Sanford […]

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Robert De Niro Went to Manhattan D.A. Over Ex-Employee’s Spending, She Says

April 15th, 2021

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Graham Chase Robinson, an executive who accuses the actor of unwanted physical contact, says De Niro continues to retaliate against her. By Eriq Gardner Last year, Robert De Niro filed a $6 million lawsuit that made for some crazy headlines. Specifically, he accused a former employee of “breaching her fiduciary duties” by putting hundreds of […]

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Sanford Heisler to Require Vaccinations for Returning Lawyers

April 15th, 2021

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By Chris Opfer Litigation boutique Sanford Heisler Sharp will require Covid-19 vaccinations for its roughly 100 attorneys and staff returning to offices in the coming months. “People will be expected to be vaccinated, unless they have a religious or health reason,” David Sanford, the firm’s chairman, told Bloomberg Law. “If they don’t, they will be […]

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Am Law 100 Leaders in Texas Unite in Opposition to New Voting Restrictions

April 14th, 2021

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More Am Law 100 firm leaders are signing a statement that denounces voter disenfranchisement efforts, including leaders of Big Law firms in Texas, where the Legislature is considering bills that would limit access to voting. By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys As the Texas Legislature considers Republican-sponsored bills that would impose new limits on voting, the leaders […]

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Interpreting Prudence and Loyalty Under ERISA

April 9th, 2021

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ERISA attorneys explain the meaning behind both terms and what plan fiduciaries can do to meet the requirements. Reported by Amanda Umpierrez THE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT (ERISA) requires plan fiduciaries to act with prudence and loyalty, but what do those terms actually mean for plan sponsors? According to Charles Field, partner and co-chair […]

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Settlement Delayed In $1.28B MRAP Contract Fraud Suit

April 8th, 2021

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By Asher Stockler Law360 (April 8, 2021, 4:21 PM EDT) — The U.S. government and a prominent defense contractor said Wednesday that because of the change in administration, they would need more time to settle a $1.28 billion fraud claim against the contractor related to claims of overbilling. For the second time, attorneys for the […]

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